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Signing Up for a Library Card

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To sign up for a library card:

Apply online, then stop in to pick up your card with valid photo ID and proof of current address.

Or, sign up at the library with valid photo ID and proof of current address.

Please note: A parent or legal guardian must register for a card with a child under 16, and is responsible for any fines incurred on the child's card.

Borrowing Policies

Library Cards:

Library cards are free of charge to borrowers with proper identification, which includes photo identification and proof of address. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with proper identification. Individuals may apply for a card online or in person at any Onondaga County public library. A valid Onondaga County Public Library card can be used at any public library in the County. The library must be notified of lost or stolen cards and changes of address. An OCPL library card or identification with name and address is required to sign out materials. Borrowers are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card.  Parents or guardians are responsible for materials borrowed on their children's cards.

Loan Periods:

The standard loan period for most FFL materials is three weeks. The standard loan period for most FFL DVDs and video games is one week. Materials borrowed from any library in the Onondaga County Public Library System may be returned to the Fayetteville Free Library unless subject to special local restrictions. Likewise, materials borrowed from Fayetteville Free Library may be returned to any library in the Onondaga County Public Library System unless subject to special local restrictions.


Renewals are allowed twice on most items unless another patron is waiting for them or they are subject to other special restrictions. Patrons may renew online, in person, or by telephone by dialing (315) 637-6374 ext. 1.

Rapid Read Items:

Rapid Read books have a one week loan period. Rapid Read DVDs  have a three day loan period. Rapid Read items cannot be renewed and do not have a grace days. These items must be returned to the Fayetteville Free Library.


Fines are 20¢ per item per day for all overdue materials. Maximum fines on teen and children's print materials are $2 per item.  A $5 maximum fine charged on all other materials.  Fines will be forgiven if the item is returned within the grace period of three days of the due date.  Patrons may have no more than $10 of outstanding fines/fees on their account to borrow materials or use library services.

It is the Fayetteville Free Library's policy not to waive fines.  Fines incurred in error by the Library or due to special circumstances may be appealed by contacting Circulation at  Contesting a fine does not guarantee waiver but does allow for further evaluation of the fine in accordance with our policy and procedures.

Book Drop:

The book drop may be used to return all library materials.  The book drops is conveniently located in the circle at the entrance to the library parking lot.


Holds may be placed on items in person, by phone, or online.  Patrons have five days to pick up materials after notification by email or telephone. There is no charge for this service.  Patrons may manage their accounts online, including holds and renewals, with a valid PIN number.

Library Donations:

View the FFL Donations Policy. To make a monetary donation to the library, please see the Donate page for more information.

Materials Donations:

All gifts, including books, materials and other equipment may be accepted according to the Library's Collection Development Policy.  The Library reserves the right to refuse any gift and to dispose of donations as appropriate.

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